Moist, fragrant raspberry bread loaded with fresh fruit. Incredibly easy to prepare and very customizable.
For this post I made a version of it using raspberry wheat ale and a moderate amount of dark chocolate.
Not only is peak raspberry season in full swing in July, but all kinds of refreshing wheat ale varieties are too. Just had to take advantage of both and infuse the bread with raspberry flavor to the max while loading it up with fresh fruit.
If you cannot find any raspberry wheat ale you can substitute with buttermilk or if you feel so inclined with chocolate stout.
What You Need to Make a Raspberry Loaf
Let’s start with the basic recipe and move on to the twists and customization ideas.
To whip up the raspberry bread batter you’ll need:
- eggs, raspberry ale or buttermilk, and olive oil as your wet ingredients
- all purpose flour, baking soda, salt and brown sugar as your dry ingredients
- fresh raspberries to fold into the batter
- if you want to impart a chocolate flavor add cacao and dark chocolate chips to the list
By way of equipment you don’t even need to use an electric mixer. Just a mixing bowl, a whisk or a fork and a spatula to gently fold in the raspberries. Add a loaf pan and a sheet of parchment paper and you are good to go.
The Raspberry Wheat Ale
If you are determined to go with raspberry ale, raspberry wheat is not your only option. You can also use a raspberry saison, a raspberry blonde and even a sour ale like Framboise lambic. All of them will impart a pleasant flavor to support the fruit.
I happened upon the Eddyline Brewing Raspberry Wheat starring in the video last week. We were getting ready to hike the gorgeous wilderness near A-Basin in Colorado and stopped by a store in Dillon that carried it. As soon as I tasted it during the hike I knew it would fold perfectly into a breakfast raspberry bread. Said and done.
It is an extremely refreshing ale, ABV 4.8 %, bright and crisp and the fermentation with fresh raspberries lends it a gorgeous pink color and slight tartness in addition to aggressive fruit flavor. Simply destined for enjoyment – both the drinking and the baking kind.
First things first – while Chris and I would never judge anyone for having a glass of wheat ale for breakfast (seems like half of Bavaria regularly does so) we are all for strong coffee with this raspberry bread. The earthy flavor of espresso lends depth to the dark chocolate chips and uplifts the raspberries… Soo good together.
Keep in mind that this is not a raspberry cake, it is a raspberry breakfast loaf and therefore it is not as sugar loaded as you may expect a cake to be. Which means only one thing – you have room to play with sweet toppings.
My favorite way to enjoy fruit loaves like this is to shamelessly slather them with honey butter, just like this Peach Ale Breakfast Loaf.
I do recommend it but I also urge you to consider these other tried and true suggestions:
- dust the loaf with confectioners sugar
- drizzle slices with maple syrup or raspberry syrup (especially homemade)
- add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream
- drizzle with warm vanilla sauce
- drizzle with warm chocolate sauce
- glaze with a raspberry wheat ale glaze – just follow the example of our Dunkelweizen Banana Bread and whip up the same glaze with confectioners sugar and a bit of raspberry ale. I demonstrate how and provide more detail in the video and recipe card for this loaf.
If you somehow end up with leftover pieces…Here is an idea – make a raspberry bread pudding! It is easy – here is what you need to do.
- First cut the bread in bite size pieces and place them on a plate; cover with a breathable cotton kitchen towel and let them dry out. Overnight is great.
- When ready to bake your raspberry bread pudding – heat the oven to 350 F, arrange the dried out pieces in an appropriately sized well-greased baking dish or a small cast iron skillet and proceed to make a custard.
- Whisk a couple of eggs (1, 2 or 3, depending on how much bread you have leftover), add sugar (to taste, couple of tablespoons is a good starting point) and heavy cream as needed to get to a thick-ish custard.
- Pour the custard over the bread in the baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Twists on Raspberry Bread
I am leaving you with several ideas on how to customize the basic recipe and I am sure that you’ll have many more. As easy as it is to make this loaf, why not bake it several times, changing things up until you identify your absolute favorite?
- use all raspberries, 1.5 times the recipe amount (no choc chips and cacao); add 1/2 tsp lemon extract to the batter and once baked drizzle with raspberry sauce and sprinkle with fresh lemon zest
- use a chocolate stout or porter to make it more chocolaty
- use yogurt instead of ale or buttermilk and make it as a raspberry yogurt loaf (go with 1 1/2 cups instead of one 1 cup)
- use white choc chips, skip the cacao, add 2 tbsp condensed milk and bake yourself a raspberry and white chocolate loaf
- make it just the same but use your muffin tin or mini loaf pans
- fold in nuts instead of chocolate chips
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup raspberry wheat ale or buttermilk (may need to add a bit more)
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 6 oz fresh raspberries
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 350 F (325 F is your oven is very strong). Line a standard bread loaf pan with parchment paper and grease it lightly.
- In a small bowl beat the eggs and add just over 1 cup of the raspberry ale or buttermilk. Whisk together and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cacao and brown sugar.
- Add the raspberry ale (or buttermilk) and egg mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk to incorporate.
- Add the olive oil and mix again. Avoid over mixing and if the batter seems thicker than in the recipe video add a bit more ale or buttermilk.
- Gently fold in the raspberries and chocolate chips and transfer the batter to the loaf pan.
- Bake for 50 min or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool off for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
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